15 Smart Personal Hygiene Practices That Will Keep You Healthy

Caroline Heasley August 30th 2016 Health
People with good personal hygiene are less likely to get disease-causing germs and parasites. What is proper personal hygiene? It is taking care of every part of your body. This is anywhere from keeping it clean to looking your best. Healthy hygiene habits can also help you feel better about yourself and increase your self-esteem. There are quite a few personal hygiene habits that you should add to your daily routine.
1. Hand-Washing
The best way to prevent germs from spreading is by washing your hands. Every day we come into contact with various germs. So, washing your hands will make sure that these germs don't get an opportunity to make you or another person ill. What are the best times to wash your hands? You should wash your hands before you eat or touch food, when they become dirty, after you use the bathroom, after you blow your nose or cough, after you touch animals, and before and after you visit a sick relative or friend. But most importantly, be sure to educate other people about the benefits of hand washing.
What is the best way to wash your hands? It is best to use warm water when you wash them. Using regular soap works fine, but anti-bacterial soap is even better. The key to successfully and effectively clean your hands is to lather the soap on both sides of them, your wrists, and between your fingers. Don't forget to scrub your nails because they are the one place that tends to contain the most germs. Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds. Afterwards, rinse and dry with a clean towel.
2. Dental Hygiene
Oral health is very important. Having a healthy smile leads to a better you. Various researchers have concluded that good oral health may prevent certain diseases from occuring. You must take good care of your mouth every day. What is good oral hygiene? When your mouth is healthy, your teeth are clean and debris-free, and your gums are pink in color and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss. Additionally, you don't have bad breathe constantly.
How can you practice good dental hygiene? The most important thing is daily care, including proper brushing and flossing. You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least three minutes using toothpaste and floss. A tip to making sure you are brushing your teeth long enough is by using a timer. If your dentist tells you too, rinse your mouth with mouthwash. Regular visits to the dentist is also a must.
3. Shower Regularly
Not only does showering regularly make sure that you are clean and fresh, it is important for various other reasons. For one, it can help prevent diseases and develop good hygiene. It also helps to get rid of dead skin cells, sweat, and dirt that is produced. While showering, use a gentle soap or bath gel to wash every part your body. Furthermore, make sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type. Scrub your body with a bathing brush or sponge to guarantee cleanliness.
How often should we shower? Most people should aim to shower every-other-day and avoid showering too frequently. As a matter of fact, most experts agree that in most scenarios, you only need to take a shower every- other-day. It is best to avoid taking a shower daily because your skin will be able to better continue it's balance and softness. Taking a shower every-other-day will also preserve helpful bacteria in your skin. According to Dr. Richard Gallo, a dermatology principal at the University of California, good bacteria in the skin cell helps these cells learn how to make their own antibiotics that can aid in shielding us from bad bacteria.
4. Don't Forget Deodorant!
Make sure that you always wear deodorant. A common problem among most people is sweating and stench. Body odor is definitely troublesome. But thankfully, there are lots of deodorants that you can buy which can help you to smell better if you do sweat. Putting on deodorant is simple and doesn't take more than a few seconds. But, you should try to use deodorants that are natural.
Natural deodorants usually don't contain any aluminum. Instead of using aluminum to get rid of unwanted odor, they use plant-based ingredients and essential oils. Aluminum has often been related with certain cancers, bone disease and damaged motor function. Deodorants not containing aluminum also don't lead to blockages in the underarm pores. One awesome natural deodorant put to the test was "The Healthy Deodorant" by Lavanila Laboratories. According to Elle.com, this deodorant is all natural, smells floral and feminine, and is fresh and moisturizing. This deodorant is a solid stick and comes in scents such as vanilla and lavender vanilla.
5. Take Care of Your Hair
Using the right steps, maintaining your hair is rather simple. How do you attain beautiful hair that is healthy? Are you using the right products? Should you brush your hair more or less? Overall, the main goal is to keep your hair healthy and radiant.
There are many different types of hair. Dry hair and oily hair. Long hair and short hair. Curly and straight hair. No matter what type of hair you have, try to accept your hair in it's natural form. Many of us feel constantly that the grass is greener on the other side, and spend hours upon hours dying, straightening, curling, and cutting our hair on a daily basis. But, this isn't always the healthiest thing. When you do want a color-change, go to a professional. Make sure that you get a recommendation for a good stylist and consult with him or her as well. When you do straighten or blow-dry your hair, make sure to use a heat-protector. This will prevent your hair from getting damaged and keep it feeling healthier.
6. Regularly Clip Your Nails
You may not pay attention to your nails a lot but keeping them trimmed is a must. Keeping your nails trimmed can prevent you from biting or picking at them, which can lead to infections. To trim your nails, you need a nail clipper or a pair of nail scissors. If your nails have ragged edges, simply use a nail file to smooth them out. Having jagged edges can cause the nail to tear because they can catch on clothing. To correctly trim your fingernails, trim them straight across and somewhat rounded at the top. Make sure to not cut them too short. Because if you do so, the delicate nail bed can become unprotected.
Toenails don't need to be trimmed as often because they don't grow as fast as fingernails. Even though it can be difficult, they should be trimmed straight across. But when you do cut them, you will need stronger nail scissors or nail clippers. Try cutting your toenails after you have bathed or showered. Doing this will make sure that your nails are softer and easier to cut. Also make sure to periodically clean underneath the tips of your nails.
7. Wash Your Face
It is very important to wash your face. Skin cleansing removes the build up of dirt, oil, and other debris. Washing your face daily removes bacteria, contaminants, viruses, dirt, and dead skin cells. It also helps the skin retain a decent level of hydration. Not regularly washing your face will cause it to become dehydrated. This will unfortunately lead to your skin feeling rough and wrinkled.
How do you choose the right facial cleanser? First, you need to know your skin type. Try experimenting with various cleansers to find your perfect match. Avoid cleansers with high alcohol content if you have dry skin. Use a cleanser with a lower PH level if you suffer from oily skin. Finally, avoid cleansers with strong fragrances and preservatives if you have delicate skin.
8. Keep Your Germs to Yourself
To avoid spreading germs, remember to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. When you cough or sneeze, anyone within three feet can easily be infected. But, try to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if possible. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm. Make sure that you do not cough or sneeze into your hands, because this can further spread germs. Also try at all times to keep your hands fresh and clean.
If you are sick, it is best to stay home. Try to avoid close contact with others. You should never share eating utensils or other personal items with another person. And rather than go to the store yourself, ask friends or relatives to bring what you need to you. However, it is best to prevent getting sick in the first place. To prevent coming down with an illness, keep away from those who have are sic. Remember to take good care of yourself and take part in healthy habits.
9. Keep up With Your Doctor's Visits
To help catch illnesses and infections early, make sure to see your doctor regularly. Even though most people only visit a health professional when something goes wrong, this isn't a good idea. Visit your primary care doctor, dentist, gynecologist, and other medical professionals that you need depending on your personal needs, on a regular basis. Make sure to keep up with routine check-ups!
Try to see your family doctor once a year for an annual check-up, and to receive needed shots. You should visit him or her a few times a year if you are dealing with an illness or are expecting a child. These kinds of doctors can help with not-so-serious conditions such as coughs, runny noses, and back pains. For women, seeing a gynecologist once a year or every three years is ideal. Once a year, make sure to visit your local dermatologist. If you have general inquires about your skin, once a year is good enough. However, if you are concerned about skin spots or acne, make an appointment as soon as possible. Additionally, see a dentist for your teeth every six months, optometrist for your eyes once every two years, and proctologist every 10 years.
10. Always Wear Clean Clothes
Why do you need to wear clean clothes and underwear? Because dirty clothing spreads bacteria and will become four-smelling and uncomfortable. The only way to stop the spread of germs is to wash your clothes. You need to clean your clothing after each time they are worn. Be sure to never wear sweaty or wet clothes. Especially remember to remove tight or sweaty clothes after you workout to prevent bacteria from building up.
Any items containing vomit, bodily fluids from injury, sweat, polluted foods, or that have came into contact with animals, are considered high-risk dirty clothing by the National Health Service. After removing any soil from these items, wash them at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Never wash these clothing items with unsoiled items. Doing this will prevent contaminating your other clothing. Dry your clothes immediately after washing them in order to clean them entirely. Clothing left wet for a long time can develop mold, which can cause odor and skin infections.
11. Shaving
While it isn't mandatory to shave, most people do it for a variety of reasons. It is one of the most convenient ways to get rid of unwanted hair. But, the most important thing to remember is that if you do decide to shave, you need to shave the correct way. But what exactly is the correct way to shave?
For one, choose a good quality razor. Try looking in your local pharmacy for ones with multi-blades. These types of razors make the shaving process more efficient. Before shaving, always clean the area that needs to be shaved. By doing this, you remove excess dead skin cells. Also remember to never shave when your skin isn't wet. Next, apply a thick layer of shaving cream. It is best to leave the cream on for at least 1 to 2 minutes. Finally, shave in the proper direction. It is always best to shave in the direction that the hair grows. Shaving in the opposite direction tends to cause inflammation and cuts.
12. Feminine Hygiene
When menstruating, change your sanitary pads and tampons frequently throughout the day. Avoid wearing a sanitary pad or tampon for more than eight hours. Refrain from cleaning your private area at this time, because your reproductive tract is built in a way to cleanse itself on its own. Always keep a few sanitary pads and tampons with you at all times in case your period starts when you aren't expecting it.
When not menstruating, it is ideal to clean your intimate area everyday. However, do not excessively use soaps or cleansers in this area. Doing this can slowly block its natural guarding barrier. If this happens, you will be more open to infections and irritation. Simply cleansing your external area with mild soap and water is a better option that using sprays or deodorants. Before using feminine products around your private area, such as deodorants, sprays, and powders, talk with your health care provider. These products may cause infections or disturb your natural hormone and chemical balance. In addition, try wearing cotton underwear. Underwear made of cotton can help you feel fresher because of the fact that cotton is more breathable than some other common underwear materials.
13. Male Hygiene
Products such as shaving cream, cologne, and hair re-growth products are targeted at male consumers. Men typically use these products to make their appearance better and maintain hygiene. Just as women should, men should aim to have a daily hygienic routine. Men and women have very similar hygienic practices, but there are a few extras that men should add to their everyday routine.
For men with beards, trim the hair so it's well-kept. Afterwards, use your favorite aftershave or any other skin creams. It is best to trim your beard before your shower because you can wash all of the hair off. Plus, the mirror won't be foggy! For men who like specific hairstyles, use wax or gel on your hair. Sometimes it is good to have a variety of products so that you can try out various hairdos. Don't forget to put on cologne! However, don't spray more than five times and mix up your scents every so often, so that you don't become immune to one scent.
14. Prevent Acne!
Getting acne can be very troublesome and extremely annoying. To avoid the whole acne ordeal, simply do your best to prevent it! Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to prevent developing acne.
Remember to always keep your face clean. Wash your face daily to remove dead skin cells, and excess oil from your skin. Scrub your face gently with a very soft cloth. Afterward cleaning your face, dry your face with a clean towel. In addition, always moisturize. Look for moisturizers that do not tend to cause acne. Moisturizers that rarely cause acne are ones that have noncomedogenic on the label. For women, use makeup reasonably. Some makeup can definitely cause breakouts. However, if you do decide to wear makeup, do not forget to wash it off at nighttime. Also try avoiding makeup products with added dyes and chemicals. Don't forget to check the ingredient list of the product you are looking at before purchasing.
15. Trim Your Hair Every 4-8 Weeks
Many people go longer than eight weeks without getting a trim because they think by doing so, they are letting their hair grow longer. Well, this isn't the 100% truth. If you are trying to grow your hair out, getting a trim isn't going to disrupt that. Keeping up with hair trimming prevents your ends from becoming unnecessarily dry. Getting a consistent trim will also help to reshape your hair.
Getting your hair trimmed gets rid of split ends quickly. The only way to stop the splitting of your hair is to cut it off. Your hair will be healthier in the long run if you get your hair trimmed a half an inch about every six to eight weeks. Because the ends are not frequently breaking off, getting a trim gives the false appearance that your hair is growing quicker. It also keeps the cuticle undamaged to keep a smoother and healthier appearance. In addition, it gets rid of tangles, which happen because of split ends. If you don't want your hair tangled, frayed, dry, and frizzy, get your hair trimmed!

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50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller. She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Jasmine Tridevil: Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
Lyudmila Titchenkova: World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmila's parents noticed that their daughter's body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmila's case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect people's arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel: Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka: Sword Swallower
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.

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